Q&A: Ethan

What was it that led you to a career in Computer Engineering?

When I was little, probably 3rd or 4th grade, we had to a draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up. I’m pretty sure I drew a picture of myself at a computer. My art skills aren’t the best though, so it might have looked more like me as lumberjack or something. I’ve pretty much always known that I wanted to work in a computer related field. Growing up, I was the first of my friends to get a computer, and we spent an unhealthy amount of time messing around with it.

What is it about Belly that caught your interest and made you want to join our awesome Engineering Team?

There were a few things about Belly that caught my interest. First, my experience in Data Engineering is really limited, so the opportunity to grow in that area was really appealing. I’ve worked directly or indirectly with a number of the Belly Engineers at previous jobs, so I knew Fred was building a killer team here. The second big thing that I found attractive is Belly’s target market. I have two areas of interest when it comes to customers for my software. The first is education and the second is small businesses. My previous job was at an education related company. So that box is checked off for the time being. My parents ran a coffeehouse and deli in my hometown for 14 years. Any software that I can write that could have made their lives easier is a worthwhile endeavor to me.

What is your role at Belly?

I am a Software Engineer on the Data Engineering team.

What are you most excited about working on while you’re here?

I am really most excited about all the things that we can do with the data that we collect to help business owners. A project that we are working on right now is switching over data warehousing to be updated in real time. This would make it possible for our Merchant Success Managers to pull up a dashboard, which would allow them to instantly see all the important metrics about a particular business in real time.

Right now, we’re working on switching our data warehousing over to Amazon’s Redshift. What excites me the most is working on predictive data models that can help us help small businesses.

What has been your favorite moment at Belly over these past two weeks?

My favorite moment so far was during one of our company all hands (team) meetings. At the start of the meeting, Logan did shoutouts to various members of the company. Some of them were for silly stuff, and others were for doing great work. It was cool to see something like that going on, which usually gets lost, as a company grows larger.

I know we have a pretty awesome team here at Belly, so is there anything else that you want to mention?

I really like how the Data team works on a day-to-day basis, it’s a lot less structured than most teams I’ve been on. We’re a pretty small team (3 engineers, 1 analyst), so we really just operate to get shit done. We do have a project management tool, but by and large we know what we need to do, and just get it done.

What is your favorite core value at Belly?

“Take our work seriously but not ourselves”, hands down. This value really builds up a great culture. Every time you add something to your team, it will change the dynamic in some way, but by allowing people be themselves, it really creates a great culture.

Fun Facts

He brews his own beer. Currently brewing coconut beer (yum!). This summer, he is traveling for a couple of concerts. He is going to Milwaukee for The Rolling Stones, Eau Claire for the Eaux Claires festival and a few concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

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